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Sharp Lane Primary School

Working together to capture and nurture the imaginations of young minds

Nurture Support

Miss Gemma Owens is our Learning Mentor who works closely with children in school for various reasons such as:

  • Emotional needs and coping strategies
  • Social difficulties
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Managing anger
  • Increasing motivation
  • Support through life events


Daily check-ins by Miss Owens are an important part of pastoral care at Sharp Lane Primary with the children also receiving a morning check-in each day by their class teacher through the emotional register. This enables children to build confidence in speaking to a range of adults around school to seek support when needed.


Carefully planned one to one sessions and nurture groups are also offered to children following a referral into the PDC. Miss Owens also works closely with Mrs Evans, school Forest School teacher, to create groups of children to experience team-building and confidence building skills in the school garden. Any support a child receives through the PDC is discussed with parents by the class teacher or through a letter sent home. The emotional development of each child that receives nurture support is measured through a set of statements that will then become their target. These statements match the PSHE curriculum and the PDC are currently looking into a new system that better supports outcomes for children’s emotional needs.

If you would like to speak to a member of the PDC please contact school on 0113 3783060 or you can email on